(Tell me to come to you across the water.)
After the crowds had eaten as much as they wanted,
Jesus made the disciples get into the boat
and go on ahead to the other side
while he would send the crowds away.
After sending the crowds away
he went up into the hills by himself to pray.
When evening came,
he was there alone, while the boat,
by now far out on the lake,
was battling with a heavy sea,
for there was a headwind.
In the fourth watch of the night
he went towards them, walking on the lake,
and when the disciples saw him
walking on the lake they were terrified.
“It is a ghost”
and cried out in fear.
But at once Jesus called out to them, saying,
“Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.”
It was Peter who answered.
“if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.”
Then Peter got out of the boat
and started walking towards Jesus
across the water,
but as soon as he felt the force of the wind,
he took fright and began to sink.
“Lord! Save me!”
Jesus put out his hand at once and held him.
“Man of little faith,”
“why did you doubt?”
And as they got into the boat
the wind dropped.
The men in the boat bowed down before him
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
R.) Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.